Pyar ki kasam hai – Rafi/Asha – Usha Khanna – Shammi/Asha | Dil Deke Dekho (1959)


Asha Parekh was just 17, during the shooting of this movie, and late Shammi Kapoor was married to his first wife, late Geeta Bali at that time. Asha would call Shammi Kapoor as Uncle and Geeta Bali had become so fond of Asha Parekh that she would carry her on her back and tell her husband to adopt Asha.

Movie: This song appeared in 1959 Filmalaya’s hit rom-com Dil Deke Dekho (Give your heart and see) produced by Sashadhar Mukherjee and directed by late Nasir Hussain. The movie starred late Shammi Kapoor, Asha Parekh (debut), Sulochana, late Rajinder Nath (debut), late Raj Mehra, etc.

Neeta (Asha Parekh) is a Nainital-based heiress and the only daughter of Jagat Narayan (Raj Mehra) in. Post Neeta’s altercation with the drummer in Deonar Club, Raja (Shammi Kapoor) and his friend Tom (Randhir) lose their jobs. A few days later, Raja sees Neeta and her friends coming his way for a picnic. Raja decides to avenge himself by lying his way into the picnic party. Soon, Raja’s lie is caught and he takes off.

In a few meetings, Raja tells Neeta that he is in love with her. She keeps saying that she does not love him and gets irritated with him. On the trip to Ranikhet, Neeta and Kailash encounter problems with their car and Neeta has to travel with Raja, who is just waiting for such an opportunity. All through the journey, Raja tries to get close to Neeta to spite Kailash, telling her that Kailash is not the right life-partner for her.

Kailash gets angry. After the repair of the car in the next village, Kailash and Neeta go to his home. There, even before entering the house, Kailash pours his anger on Neeta because Raja had tried to get close to her. Neeta has a fight with Kailash, saying that he does not trust her and goes to stay at a hotel at night. It is the same hotel, which is owned by Kailash’s guardian (Sulochana) Raja is already there as a drums player. Neeta wakes up at night realizing that she has fallen in love with Raja. In the morning, she comes out in the porch area in a thoughtful mood. Raja sees her and sings one song. Neeta is crying by the end of it. She tells him to leave her.

Raja’s father Raghubir is blind and has been sent with some money to Delhi for the required operation. But, en route his pocket is picked and he sends a message to his son through a stranger. The stranger is the son of the very man, who had shattered the lives of Raghubir and his wife, years ago. His wife is actually Kailash’s guardian now. The message is conveniently dropped at Kailash’s place, to be read by his aunt and Neeta’s father (Raj Mehra). They think that the stranger is her son and they go to meet him. After a lot of excuses, the man gets ready to marry Neeta, provided he gets to see her and she does not.

Neeta convinces Kailash’s aunt that she would not be able to marry Kailash. The aunt also says that she need not. Thinking that her route is clear, she goes to meet Raja. When Neeta goes to the hotel to find Raja, she is told that he has left the job and the place. On the way to Nainital, Neeta finds Raja and tells him in several words that she can marry him. They sing this song at this time.

Song: The music of this memorable song has been composed by Usha Khanna (debut) and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The man says, “Swear on love, don’t look at me with love.” The girl replies, “You are my beloved, I will declare to everyone.”

Video: Cinematography is by Dilip Gupta. The operative cameraman is A Bhattacharya. Dance choreography is by Herman Benjamin- More-Sachin Shankar-Prabati Kumar.

The Video opens with Shammi Kapoor calling out Asha Parekh’s screen name in the movie – Neeta. The beautiful natural landscape is shown in the next shot and the camera eye settles on Asha Parekh. She walks into the frame of the camera swinging the edge of her dupatta. The music has already begun.

Shammi Kapoor begins the song and Asha Parekh replies to him in the song itself. She even performs a few dance steps. Rajinder Nath comes along to photograph the lead pair together so that he can give it to his guardian as a proof of Asha Parekh’s infidelity. Every time he tries to take a picture a donkey comes in the way.

Shammi Kapoor whistles the tune and Asha Parekh imitates him. They walk down a mountainous sloping path walking in rhythm together. Rajinder Nath is left behind with the donkey, the camera and the flashlight (of old times). The video ends there. The cinematographer has done a good job, though the medium is black and white.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by Shammi Kapoor, Asha Parekh and Rajinder Nath.

Cultural Influence: The heroine has just confessed to the hero that she is in love with him. They sing this typically filmi song to reinforce their relationship. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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